Roddy MacDonald 1894
Roddy "Big Pay" MacDonald was from Springhill, Nova Scotia. Son of a coal miner. Was a wild man both inside and outside the ring, arrested on more than one occasion for street brawling and public drunkeness. Bob Fitzsimmons, the legendary pugilist from Down Under, once considered Roddy a "sure thing" to capture world title honours at middleweight. As early as December of 1916, there was talk of a match with Halifax's Billy Weeks for the Canadian middleweight title, but the two camps could not then come to an agreement. Packing a dynamite punch in both hands, MacDonald fought middleweights, light heavyweights and even heavyweights if the money was right, but a general lack of discipline cost him a brighter career.